Huckabee, Santorum Plan Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

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Following Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy’s comments on traditional marriage, gay rights activists are making plans to boycott the restaurant until the cows come home. They found Cathy’s remarks utterly disturbing. But Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have a different plan in mind.

The two Republicans are organizing Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

“No signs and no protests are needed to make your voice heard,” Santorum wrote in an email on Wednesday. “Just simply have a meal at Chick-fil-A on August 1 for ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ and our support for traditional values will be heard loud and clear.”

In an interview that has caused a firestorm, Cathy told the Baptist Press: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Since making the comment, Cathy has faced pressure on many fronts.

“You called supporters of gay marriage ‘prideful,’” wrote Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to Cathy. “Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are ‘guilty as charged.’ We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested that Chick-fil-A is unwelcome in Chicago, saying: “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values. …If he’s in the business of selling chicken in Chicago, he should be in the business of having equal rights for everyone.”

Muppet maker Jim Henson Co. has refused to work with Chick-fil-A “on any future endeavors.”

Gay advocacy group Equality Illinois is urging people to eat at restaurants on Aug. 1 that support same-sex marriage. The group is also urging gay and lesbian couples to “show their disdain for Chick-Fil-A’s policies with public displays of affection in front of their restaurants.”

More than 100,000 people have vowed to eat at Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 to show their support of Cathy.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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